Anzhelina Vorontsova, girlfriend of jailed Bolshoi soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko, has gone on Russian television and spoken for the first time in public of the acid attack on Bolshoi director Sergei Filin. The attack was supposedly instigated by Dmitrichenko, angry because Filin was not giving Vorontsova the roles he felt she deserved. Yet it was Filin who gave Vorontsova a … [Read more...] about Jailed Bolshoi dancer’s girlfriend defends him on Russian tv: He’s a wonderful man
Pavel Dmitrichenko's lawyers will contest the forensic results that show that the acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet chief Sergei Filin caused grievous bodily harm. Dmitrichenko, who is in jail, is accused of instigating the assault on Filin in January. Lawyer Violetta Volkova said that the seriousness of the effects of the attack would be an important factor in sentencing if the … [Read more...] about Pavel Dmitrichenko’s lawyers to contest the forensic results of acid attack
Bolshoi Theatre's Nikolai Tsiskaridze, fearing dismissal from the company, refuses to communicate with the press without permission from the Bolshoi's spokesman Katerina Novikova. Tsiskaridze was asked to comment on the fact that the Bolshoi Theatre will not renew the contract with the acting head of the trade union Ruslan Pronin, but Tsiskaridze refused: If Novikova, our … [Read more...] about Nikolai Tsiskaridze falls silent, afraid of dismissal from the Bolshoi
Bolshoi soloist Paul Dmitrichenko in court today announced his intention to seek justice; he is accused of causing grievous bodily harm, instigating the acid attack on the Bolshoi Ballet's artistic director Sergei Filin. ITAR-TASS reported from court that Dmitrichenko will stay in custody at least until 18 June, even though a petition signed by 155 Bolshoi staff was … [Read more...] about Jailed Bolshoi dancer Dmitrichenko is refused bail
Ex-Bolshoi dancer Anastasia Volochkova and current Bolshoi star and stirrer Nikolai Tsiskaridze have been on Russian television to add even more mud to an already murky pond. The Bolshoi's general manager, Anatoly Iksanov, has said that Volochkova's claims that the company pimped out its ballerinas to rich patrons was "nonsense and dirt". According to Bloomberg, … [Read more...] about Mud will be slung tonight: Tsiskaridze and Volochkova expose prostitution at the Bolshoi
After undergoing several operations on both eyes, Boshoi Ballet director Sergei Filin yesterday faced a press conference in Germany where he is receiving specialised treatment. I have plenty of strength and I have the confidence and desire to get back what was wrongly taken from me. I will do everything, and the doctors who work with me, they will do everything possible too, … [Read more...] about Bolshoi’s Sergei Filin: I would like to work again just as I did before. Without fear, without anxiety.
Svetlana Zakharova talked to Russia's Izvestia yesterday about her latest projects, including bringing Frederick Ashton's Marguerite and Armand to the Bolshoi. She danced the role for the first time last season at Milan's La Scala with Roberto Bolle; this time round her Armand will be Sergei Polunin who scored a huge personal success with the role with the Royal Ballet at … [Read more...] about Svetlana Zakharova: I want to go out and dance forever!
Bolshoi ballet director Sergei Filin tells The New Yorker in detail about those first awful minutes after sulphuric acid was thrown into his face by the no identified attacker: In those first seconds, all I could think was, How can I relieve the pain? The burning was so awful. I tried to move. I fell face first into the snow. I started grabbing handfuls of snow and rubbing it … [Read more...] about Bolshoi’s Sergei Filin: Maybe I will be kissed awake like Sleeping Beauty, by Nikolai Tsiskaridze
Bolshoi soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko, who has admitted organising the attack on director Sergei Filin in January, has said that one of his principal motives was that his partner Anzhelina Vorontsova was being passed over for the top roles. According to an inside source at the Bolshoi, we've heard that Vorontsova had been romantically involved with Felin in the past. The Times … [Read more...] about Acid attacker’s partner was ex-girlfriend of Bolshoi director Sergei Filin?
Sergei Filin had been receiving intimidating phone calls for a while, and had had his tyres punctured and his email hacked, but the acid attack that has shocked the dance world is beyond all reasoning. While police are not ruling out a personal vendetta, it is almost certainly an attack by someone who wants him removed from his position as head of the prestigious Bolshoi … [Read more...] about Cruelty at the Bolshoi: acid attacks and smear campaigns. Tsiskaridze responds.